Effects of physical and psychological stressors on adolescents’ cortisol levels and self-perceived stress in school

Wegner, Mirko; Müller-Alcazar, Anett; Jäger, Anika; Machado, Sergio; Arias-Carrión, Oscar; Budde, Henning (2014). Effects of physical and psychological stressors on adolescents’ cortisol levels and self-perceived stress in school. CNS & Neurological Disorders - Drug Targets, 13(6), pp. 1015-1020. Bentham Science Publishers 10.2174/1871527313666140612103425

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Both, psychosocial stress and exercise in the past have been used as stressors to elevate saliva cortisol and change state anxiety levels. In the present study, high-school students at the age of 14 were randomly assigned to three experimental groups: (1) an exercise group (n = 18), that was running 15 minutes at a medium intensity level of 65-75% HRmax, (2) a psychosocial stress group (n = 19), and (3) a control group (n = 18). The psychosocial stress was induced to the students by completing a standardized intelligence test under the assumption that their IQ scores would be made public in class. Results display that only psychosocial stress but not exercise was able to significantly increase cortisol levels but decreased cognitive state anxiety in adolescents. The psychosocial stress protocol applied here is proposed for use in future stress studies with children or adolescents in group settings, e.g., in school.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Science I

UniBE Contributor:

Wegner, Mirko

Subjects:

500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment

ISSN:

1871-5273

Publisher:

Bentham Science Publishers

Language:

English

Submitter:

Mirko Wegner

Date Deposited:

27 Mar 2015 11:21

Last Modified:

09 Sep 2017 06:49

Publisher DOI:

10.2174/1871527313666140612103425

Additional Information:

Formerly: Current Drug Targets - CNS & Neurological Disorders

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Cortisol, state anxiety, social stress test, exercise, adolescents, school

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.48831

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/48831

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